Why Do Rugby Players Tape Their Thighs?

The most common reason for rugby players to tape both thighs is to aid with being lifted in a lineout. Tape and bandages on only one thigh are usually to support a minor injury. This article gives a detailed explanation of using tape for lineout jumpers. We also have a step-by-step pictorial guide on how … Read more

Can You Recycle Rugby Balls? (Options And Examples)

Rugby balls are made from a variety of materials, some of which are more difficult to recycle. Recycling centers that accept tires are more likely to accept rugby balls. Alternative options are: Selling (when branded or signed) Donating playable balls Repurposing in the home This article reviews these options in detail. Why Rugby Balls Are … Read more

Why Do Rugby Balls Have Gilbert On Them?

Sometimes it seems like all rugby balls are called Gilbert. Are you watching an international match or a game of touch in the park? The rugby balls are likely to have Gilbert stamped on them. Let’s get stuck into the reasons why! Why Are Rugby balls Called Gilbert? Gilbert is a brand name that is … Read more

Do Rugby Balls Have Bladders? (Explained)

If you opened a rugby ball, what would you see inside? Modern rugby balls contain rubber or synthetic bladders with an attached valve for inflation. Historically, rugby balls had pigs’ bladders that were inflated by mouth. The bladders inside rugby balls are commonly made with one of three types of materials: Natural latex Butyl rubber … Read more

How Big Is A Touch Rugby Pitch?

The official rules for touch rugby field dimensions are 70 meters long and 50 meters wide. However, games are often played on a reduced area of a standard rugby field. You may also encounter all-purpose fields without line markings. In both cases, a few cones may be needed to get the right pitch size for … Read more

How Do You Score In Touch Rugby?

Your team wins a touch rugby match by scoring more points than the opposition. Points are awarded for a try. This article covers all aspects of scoring tries in Touch Rugby. How Do You Score In Touch Rugby? A try is scored in touch rugby by placing the ball on or behind the opposition try-line. … Read more

Do Rugby Balls Have Laces?

Here’s a picture of two rugby balls. The ball on the left is an antique from the 1930s. I bought the ball on the right a few years ago. Spot the difference? The red arrow is a clue: the older rugby ball has laces. There are also a few other differences that are key to … Read more